I am a lifelong learner. I recently discovered this term last year and it’s literally me summed up. According to good old Wikipedia lifelong learning is the “on-going,voluntary and self motivated pursuit of knowledge”.That is me! I am always seeking to learn new things and programming happend to be something that caught my eye. It just seems like the right thing to feed this appetite of mine.
To be more specific however, my intrest for coding sparked when I was introduced to HTML and CSS when I was tasked with creating a fundraising page for a company’s website. I was so fascinated by it. Guilty! This intrest grew even more during my business admin apprenticeship, where I sat in awe of the tech team as they sat away and created a master peice of a website ,using good old Ruby. I saw how their work impacted my colleagues, where their jobs were made ten times easier as a result of the constant new innovations they were creating. At this point I was convinced, infact sold that this was a skill I had to learn!
Great…. so why the need for this blog. Well I never in a million years thought that I would be pursuing a career in the technology industry and along the way I have been exposed to so many resources and little gems that have really helped me to be where I am today. So one thing I want to do is share that with you, because although it’s great that there are lots of resources out there it can be quite overwhelming and confusing on where to start. This is just one of the things I want to share however, you will have to bare with me as I unload the rest.
So what have I been up to since deciding that coding is a skill I’d like to learn?
- Workshops — I have been attending really amazing weekly workshops with codebar. Highly recommend!
- Self Learning — I’ve gone and done it. To kick start of the new year,I have decided to take part in the 100 Days Coding Challenge.You can follow my journey here.
Please note that I didn’t have a master plan to do all of the above. It took alot of attending beginners workshop to start of with, attending thousands of networking events and pushing through the knockbacks which will certainly be discussed soon. There’s also much more that I’ve been up to that you’ll just have to wait and see.
At 20 years old, please believe me when I say that I am just getting started!. I do not come from a tech backround evidently, in fact you will learn that my journey and experiences are quite unique, but I feel as if its exactly that, that makes me qualified to write a blog like this. I want to give you valuable insight into how to find tech related opportunities or just opportunities in general. I also want to give you the real tea on what it’s like to work in the tech industry as a young black female that did not go to university and lastly I want to hopefully inspire someone, even if its just one person to pursue their career aspirations.
Practical things I want you to take from this post.
STARTING- Cliche but you don’t have to have it all figured out to begin pursuing your career aspiration.Take your goal of wanting to work in any industry and really break it down into simple practial tasks that you can work on everyday. For example;
- I am going to spend 5 mintues today researching about what programming is and the use of each programming language.
- I am going to spend 10 minutes today watching this intro to ruby video and find a site where I can practice what I have learnt.
THE POWER OF NETWORKING- It’s only through expressing my intrest for wanting to code that I found out about half of my opportuities. You can too. Just start with those around you and slowly branch out and you will be suprised. It is a small world honestly. For example
- “I am really intrested in x,any suggestions on how?”
RESOURCES- Check out the following sites if you are intrested in coding too and comment </a_view> on my twitter if you have made it this far and ofcourse be on the look out for my next post.
Codebar -Runs regular programming workshops.
Codewars — Provides coding challenges.
FreeCodeCamp — Provides coding challenges and projects for free.
Flatiron Bootcamp- Free online coding bootcamp prep / Online Software Engineering Bootcamp.